Saturday, June 25, 2011

SKY-I vs. NoDough Dub - "Send Them" feat. Micah Dubreuil
Lyrics by Emilien Deschamps
Produced & Arranged by ScottDough
Engineered & Co-Produced by Kyle Lesley
["Dub Fi Gwan" riddim]
Sky-I, immersion in Jah light
Recorded at the Playground studio A in San Francisco, "Send Them" overlaps multiple styles but if I had to categorize the song I'd describe it as a Nu-Roots/Dub track, voiced by Sky-I. The conscious world music singer kicks a positive, responsible message which, maybe is too 'safe' a topic to interest a generation reared on crotch-grabbing mysoginistic hip-hop and a ubiquititous desensitization to violence.

None of the above is a dig at performers like Lil' Wayne and it's certainly not a conviction that's gonna stop me from getting my grill all platinum'd up next dentist visit, after I get a little more paper. Perhaps I've just softened in my old age (having a baby girl will do that) but why not more of an emphasis on education -- Is the desire to make music with a responsible message so bad? Are Sky-I and I too didactic a messenger? (Probably.) 

The vocal tracking session with Sky-I went about as smoothly as you could have hoped, dude's a consummate professional, came in polished; and in a little under three hours we had tracked the lead vocal, multiple harmonies and crunk and had a comp assebled that ended up being pretty close to what was on the final version. Full marks to Kyle Lesley for his efficiency (which did not come at the cost of cutting any corners) and co-producing enthusiasm during this recording. 

Micah Dubreuil of Con Brio           photo credit
Session got real heavy when Micah Dubreuil of Con Brio made a cameo appearance on the Hammond M-3 and added some sweet decorative touches via the melodica. Con Brio are chock full of awesomness and much like their entire lineup, Micah is an extraordinarily talented cat. I notice in the studio lately that as much as I want to watch some of these heavies, I won't let myself; it's akin to something absurd like not talking to a pitcher during a no-hitter, as if a mere glance from me is going to derail some badass from properly shredding.

Kyle Lesley - Dub Practicioner
In addition to being a supremely talented audio engineer and diverse musician, Kyle Lesley can add 'dub practitioner' to his already impressive resume. VersaKyle's dub guitar stylings were the proverbial icing on the cake. Mmmmm...cake.
Listeners may recognize a sample among the low-fi dub soundscape; attribution must be made to Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock, the forefather of dub. I bit off a piece of "Dub Fi Gwan" (1975). which was the influence for the train beat in "Send Them." Hope we did the dub justice, King.

The single is due for commercial release 7/7/11.